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Student Spotlight: Jessica Thiel

Student Spotlight: Jessica Thiel

Professional Communications

Jul 20, 2015

Career Program: Professional Communications
Age: 38
Hometown: Menasha
Current Residence: Menasha
Attended FVTC: January 2015 through present

Why did you choose the Professional Communications program?
I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, but I had left the workforce almost 10 years ago to stay home and raise my three sons. When I decided to return to school, I really wanted to find something that would complement the degree I already held. I was so excited to discover the Professional Communications program.

What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
I’ve learned that demand is great for skilled communicators. I hoped to take my writing and editing skills and apply them in new ways, and I think my degree will help do just that. In addition, I’ve taken some fun classes in subjects I never knew I’d enjoy, like marketing and web graphics.

Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?
I was in search of something that would offer affordability, flexibility and convenience, and I’m pleased that Fox Valley Technical College has delivered on all fronts. My program is designed to be 100 percent online, with the option to do some classes on campus. I like that I can still be present and active in my sons’ lives and do things like volunteering while going to school.

How did Fox Valley Technical College help you change your life?
My youngest son entered kindergarten this past fall, and I felt quite lost. Deciding to return to school wasn’t easy, but I’m so glad I did. Attending school as a non-traditional student is a completely different experience. I appreciate the learning process so much more than in the past, and everything about my experience has been positive and empowering.

What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?
After graduating, I think it would be particularly rewarding to find a job in grant and proposal writing, which is one of the emphases of my program. I’m also especially interested in editing.